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Our goal is to breed and raise exceptional quality British Style Golden Retrievers. Our bloodlines are from only the most respected kennels worldwide. We are members of the Canadian Kennel Club, UK Kennel Club and GRCC and strictly adhere to their code of ethics. Our breeding dogs have passed all health clearances for eyes, heart, hips and elbows.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Storm & Hannah Litter – Week One

How cute are we!


“The Breakfast Club”


This may well go on record for one of the longest whelping sessions in a long time. Puppy births generally happen in the middle of the night and this was no exception. Despite our desire for sleep, Hannah was in no hurry. Her labour began at midnight and she produced her first pup (Mr. Bacon) at 2:00 a.m. followed by Miss Omelette, Mr. Hash Brown and finally Mr. Toast at around 6:00 a.m. just in time for breakfast!

One never really knows how a girl will take to motherhood, but Hannah has joined the ranks of those we deem “supermoms”. She has been exceptionally enthusiastic when it comes to the hygiene of her pups and initially licked them so much, we were surprised they still had fur on them. Hannah is so dedicated to the wellbeing of her new family that we have to drag her out of the whelping box just to get her to go out for a bathroom break. Once outside, to linger was out of the question. Like a woman on a mission, Hannah would race back to the door, anxious to get back to tend to her babies. 

A mom’s milk contains antibodies vital for the first several weeks of their lives. Thanks to Hannah’s dedication, the milk bar is open twenty-four hours, so the puppies’ weights have doubled since birth. Of course they don’t spend their entire time eating; they spend a great deal of time sleeping and a bit of time in the gym as well. We’ve introduced a couple of stuffed animals into the whelping box that the little minions need to climb over as they scurry about in search of a snack. Since there’s less competition at the milk bar, we need to keep tabs on their waistlines!

Weighing the puppies, which we do twice a day for the first while to ensure that everybody is getting adequate representation at the milk bar, proved to be an immense challenge. Hannah would whimper as we removed a puppy to transport it to the weigh scale. Despite its prompt return to the whelping box, she wasn’t convinced of its wellbeing so she began to escort them on the journey, jumping up on the bed to be able to get a better look.

Puppies are born without sight or hearing and it will be a while before their eyes open, so for now their senses of smell and touch are what guide them to their mom. They use their tiny forelimbs, coupled with a great deal of determination, to propel themselves around. Now mind you the scale of their world is quite small at this stage so that when a puppy makes a wrong turn and ends up in a far corner of the 48” x 48” whelping box, the volume of their cries for assistance causes us leap to attention. And if that weren’t enough, Hannah herself begins to whimper just to be sure that we got the memo.



That’s it for now, but be sure to join us next week for another beguiling installment of “Puppy Tales”

Friday, June 14, 2019

Hudson and Faith Litter – Week Three

Hey do you want to play?


“Things that go bump in the night”

Now that their vision is established beyond simply being able to detect light, dark and movement, the puppies are becoming increasingly curious about their surroundings and each other. As they are beginning to get acquainted with their littermates, they can often be seen standing in a group gently colliding or rubbing their noses and heads against one another whether awake or asleep. Admittedly, this activity often culminates in something that resembles bumper cars at the fair. This is the beginning of a key period for the puppies as they are developing rudimentary social skills. They are testing each other’s limits and learning the difference between hard and soft biting and they also take turns sleeping at the top and bottom of the sibling pile which in itself is a sight to behold. To further enhance their experience, we’ve put stuffed animals in the whelping box as an obstacle course of sorts as well as fluffy playmates to cuddle with. 

In order to accommodate the puppies’ rapid growth, we’ve had to raise the pig rails in their box up a notch. These are rails around the inside of the whelping box that are there to help prevent mom from accidentally squishing one of her kids. At some point during the coming week, the rails can safely be removed altogether and an extension to the box will be added which will give the gang lots more room to play in.

Miss Faith and her crew have now been relocated into the living room which is like a V.I.P. room for moms. She has both a sofa and a love seat to stretch out on for her ultimate relaxation while being able to keep a watchful eye and ear on her brood. What’s more, she has a private yard for a little walkabout which her puppies will eventually use as their playground.  In the meantime, that’s where she and her roommate Paige consummate their digging projects.



That’s it for now but be sure to join us next week for another nail-biting instalment of “Puppy Tales”.

Hugo & Paige Litter – Week Four

We are becoming more playful by the minute!


“How Luxurious!”

This week we were able to remove the pig rails in the whelping box that help keep the little ones safe from being accidentally squished. How roomy is that?! The puppies are getting to know their siblings better and are engaging in many playtime activities. They can now pick up a bit of speed when they’re charging at their littermates.  They’ve also found their voices which range from miniature dogs barking to baby wolves howling to pigeons cooing and someone in there even shrieked like James Brown. 

In the meantime, Paige is spending more time out of the box relaxing or trying to figure out how to create a cave in the backyard with her partner in crime, Faith. Always on the lookout for sticks to chew or enjoying a good roll in the grass, we have to drag Paige back into the house and remind her to resume her maternal duties.

To help the puppies continue to bulk up, they had their first raw feeding of hormone and antibiotic-free meat with organic vegetables, probiotics, vitamin supplements including vitamin C, bovine colostrum and K9 Puppy Gold for eye, heart and immune system development, goat’s milk and plain yogurt. With their inaugural bowl, no one needed a second invitation. Mr. Tomato was the first one in, both literally and figuratively and the concept of etiquette went out the window. By the time it was done, everyone looked like they’d been in a food fight. With this meal plan, dessert is included. That’s what all the puppies wear on their faces, but no worries…..their siblings ensure that they get completely cleaned up.  Paige keeps the milk bar open 24/7 for top-ups but we’re certain she relishes the break she gets from each puppy’s twenty-eight razor sharp teeth!



That’s it for now but be sure to join us next week for another enthralling installment of “Puppy Tales”.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Hudson and Faith Litter – Week Two

Good morning!


“Hot Stuff”


Since newborn puppies require a good deal of warmth and aren’t able to regulate their own body temperature until the third week, Mother Nature has made some clever provisions for that. Momma Faith’s mammary glands are very warm; in fact almost hot to the touch. She therefore provides her brood a nice warm brew for these cold Caledon nights that not only nourishes and makes them sleepy but also offers a nice warm shelter for them to curl up in. Apparently, Faith hasn’t read the memo as she still insists on excavating a tunnel with Paige, her partner in crime when she’s outside on her bathroom breaks.

In order to provide her pups with their sustenance, along with her regular meals, Faith is getting a super-charged smoothie consisting of pro-biotic yoghurt, pre and pro biotics, calcium citrate, vitamin C, colostrum and bio-active proteins to help kick-start her puppies’ immune systems.

While the little ones spend a great deal of time eating and sleeping, they are also engaged in an intensive training programme. While they lay there asleep, the puppies are constantly twitching. These involuntary actions, referred to as “activated sleep”, help strengthen their leg muscles and begin to build muscle mass. The need to climb over a sibling also supports this initiative as they plod around on all fours in search of their mom for a snack. Fortunately Faith’s a good sport and keeps the milk bar open twenty-four hours a day.



One of the most exciting events for us is when the puppies’ eyes open. Many of the puppies’ critical organs including their brains are not fully formed and they will spend several weeks developing rapidly. Since the gestation period in dogs is short (63 days), the tradeoff is that puppies are quite helpless at birth. Biologists refer to species that produce immature dependent offspring as altricial, which means “to nurse, to rear or to nourish”. It pertains to the need for the young of these species to be fed and taken care of for a long period of time. Puppies are born with their eyelids tightly shut because the eye itself is still developing and is extremely fragile. The closed eyelids serve as a barrier to protect the eyes from potential damage. Now that their eyes are open, it will take a few weeks before their eyes mature and their eyesight approaches normal. The puppies are also born functionally deaf since their ear canals are closed. While their ear canals begin to open at around the same time, the ears are much more fully formed than the eyes and their hearing will be quite acute within a week or so.

That’s it for now but be sure to join us next week for another riveting installment of “Puppy Tales”.

Hugo & Paige Litter – Week Three

Hello world!


“Creature Comforts”


Paige and her brood have been relocated to the living room which is a pretty regal deal for mom. She’s got both a sofa and a love seat to stretch out on, not to mention some carpeting and some sections of cool wood flooring for lounging. There’s also a walkout to the backyard for those peaceful Zen moments or for chasing chipmunks. Unlike many other moms in this situation, Paige didn’t bat an eye about being transplanted - she knew this was a good deal.


In order to provide her pups with their sustenance, along with her regular meals, Paige is getting a super-charged smoothie consisting of pro-biotic yogurt, pre and probiotics, calcium citrate, vitamin C, colostrum and bio-active proteins to help kick-start her puppies’ immune systems.

Now that their vision is established beyond simply being able to detect light, dark and movement, the puppies are becoming increasingly curious about their surroundings and each other. They are beginning to get acquainted with their littermates and can often be seen standing in a group gently colliding or rubbing their noses and heads against one another whether awake or asleep. This is the beginning of a key period for the puppies as they are developing rudimentary social skills. They are testing each other’s limits and learning the difference between hard and soft biting and they also take turns sleeping at the top and bottom of the sibling pile. When mom is on her break, the kids pine to be together in their furry little huddle.

In order to accommodate the puppies’ rapid growth, we’ve raised the pig rails in their box up a notch. These are rails around the inside of the whelping box that are there to help prevent mom from accidentally squishing one of her kids. At some point during the coming week, the rails can safely be removed altogether. Now that the puppies are getting adept at staggering around, an extension will be added to the box soon which will give the gang lots more room to play in. That’s when the real fun begins!

That’s it for now but be sure to join us next week for another nail-biting instalment of “Puppy Tales”.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Hugo & Paige Litter – Week Two


Now we can begin to see the world around us! 

“Can You Dig It?”


At their one-week mark, Paige and her mini-pack welcomed a new roommate into their neighbourhood. Faith and her six-boy entourage made their debut last Friday morning. To say the least, Paige was very excited and curious and didn’t sleep a wink through the entire whelping. She would waver between her own puppies and each new one that Faith produced. Paige would not settle until Faith and her crew were firmly entrenched in their own whelping box (with the door closed)!

Paige and her roomie are good friends and once Faith got back on her feet following the birth of her puppies, the two of them would go out on breaks together to work on creating an alternate residence for their puppies. Their tools of choice were their front paws which they used to attempt to forge a tunnel under some rocks in the yard. Lucky us – we got lots of practice with footbaths for the ladies.

Paige’s little ones are doing very well.  They’re growing and developing in leaps and bounds. It’s always exciting for us when the puppies’ eyes open at around the 10-day mark. Many of the puppies’ critical organs including their brain are not fully formed and they will spend several weeks developing rapidly. Since the gestation period in dogs is short (63 days), the tradeoff is that puppies are quite helpless at birth. Biologists refer to species that produce immature dependent offspring as altricial, which means “to nurse, to rear or to nourish”. It refers to the need for the young of these species to be fed and taken care of for a long period of time. Puppies are born with their eyelids tightly shut because the eye itself is still developing and is extremely fragile. The closed eyelids serve as a barrier to protect the eyes from potential damage. Now that their eyes are open, it will take a few weeks before their eyes mature and their eyesight begins to approach normal. The puppies are also born functionally deaf since their ear canals are closed. While their ear canals begin to open at around the same time, the ears are much more fully formed than the eyes and their hearing will be quite acute within a week or so.

At first glance, it may appear that the puppies spend all of their time sleeping, but they actually spend a good deal of time exercising. As but as they lay there asleep, they are constantly twitching. These involuntary actions, referred to as “activated sleep”, help strengthen their leg muscles and begin to build muscle mass. This allows them to plod around on all fours when they’re in search of their mom for a snack. 

That’s it for now, but be sure to join us next week for another riveting installment of “Puppy Tales”.



Hudson and Faith Litter – Week One

We love to snuggle.


“The Construction Project”


As is the case with most pup deliveries, they happen very early in the morning or very late at night. It was the morning in this case and there really wasn’t much on tv at this time. Undaunted by this fact, Faith produced an all-male team of six boys consisting of Mr. Lilac, Mr. Dandelion, Mr. Peony, Mr. Orchid, Mr. Hydrangea and Mr. Ivy.  Faith found the whole process a bit tiring so it took her a little while to assume her motherly duties to begin stimulating her puppies by licking them. 

The whole birthing process was monitored by Faith’s new roommate Paige whose litter was born the previous week. Paige reacted to every little squeak of a puppy as she was unable to ascertain whether they were her own puppies or from the new family who just moved in next door to her. Paige was finally able to relax once Faith bunked down in her own whelping box (with the door closed)! Once securely tucked away without the distraction of her friend, Faith was able to focus on being a mom.

Apart from nourishment, a mother’s milk contains antibodies vital to the puppies’ survival for the first several weeks of their lives. We weigh the puppies at least twice daily for the first week to ensure that everyone is getting equal access to the milk bar. Faith watched us very closely as each puppy made a trip to the scale. At the one week mark, everyone’s weight has pretty much doubled which is clearly a testament to Faith’s abilities as a mom. Of course, it didn’t take long for Faith to jump up onto our bed for a quick snuggle, but she was never really able to relax for long as she needed to tend to the pups when they whimpered.

The one thing Faith has not given up on is her quest to build an underground bunker to house her puppies in. Both she and her accomplice Paige would work in tandem on this. As a result, we needed to keep a bowl handy for multiple foot baths.

Newborn puppies are unable to regulate their own body temperature and over the first three weeks, their temperature climbs one degree a week until it reaches the normal range. When mom is on her break, we use a heat lamp to keep everyone warm and cozy. We’ve found that these kids love to nestle into their mom or use her paws for a pillow as they dream the dreams that puppies do.

That’s it for now but be sure to join us next week for another beguiling installment of “Puppy Tales”.




Thursday, May 30, 2019

Hannah, Day 56 days (pre-parturition)

Embarrassed Hannah due to her expanding waistline.


Where did my figure go? Our precious Hannah is growing and she knows it. This girl seems preoccupied with her waistline!

There isn’t much room for food these days as the puppies have grown so much that we are feeding Hannah smaller meals throughout the day. We are just trying to make these last 9 days as comfortable and stress-free as possible for her. She will continue to have light activity, afternoon walks and we’re certain that she will eventually discover the catacombs other pregnant girls have dug under our spruce tree. 

Hannah’s abdomen has expanded to 32 inches or 81 cm. Heading into her final week of pregnancy, she is just as sweet and loving as ever, however there is definitely a waddle in her walk.

National Geographic image of a Golden Retriever fetus.

At this stage, the puppies have a full coat of hair and can be felt moving around in her tummy. The coat is one of the last organs to develop along with the intestinal tract. The majority of a puppy’s growth in size takes place in the last couple weeks of gestation.

Hannah is 
shedding the hair on her belly in preparation for the birth. She loves her belly rubbed so it is easy to detect movement of the little ones. It seems like they are anxious to get out into the world and meet their forever families!

Stay tuned!

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Hugo & Paige Litter – Week One

Stunning Paige enjoying motherhood.



“The Transplant”


The delivery of Paige’s pups was pretty much textbook. It was an easy labour completed in just under four hours. As the time wore on and Paige kept producing girl after girl, we were relieved that with the final “deposit”, they did end up with a baby brother. The six precious girls and one robust boy include: Miss Tomato (red), Miss Garlic (grey), Miss Chickpea (brown), Miss Bell Pepper (orange), Miss Olive (black), Miss Kale (green) and Mr. Blue Cheese (blue).

Despite being a rookie, Paige is as devoted as any mom we’ve had and does a great job looking after her mini pack. There were however a few incidents where Paige was over-zealous to make her way outside for a break and at least in one instance, exited the whelping box with Miss Tomato still attached to her nipple who she transplanted onto the bedroom carpet.


Paige is such a devoted mom. 


It never ceases to amaze us how the little ones know exactly what to do from the first minute onward and how they instinctively suckle. Apart from nourishment, a mom’s milk contains antibodies vital to the puppies’ survival for the first several weeks of their lives. We weigh the puppies at least twice daily for the first week to ensure that everyone is getting equal access to the milk bar. Paige watches us very closely as each puppy makes a trip to the scale, just to be sure they’re returned safely. At the one-week mark, everyone’s weight has pretty much doubled which is clearly a testament to her abilities as a mom. 

Puppies are born without sight or hearing and their eyes don’t open until sometime during the second week, so for now their senses of smell and touch are what guide them to their target. They use their tiny forelimbs, coupled with great tenacity, to propel themselves around as they seek out their sustenance and warmth. Since their body temperatures will not have been regulated until after week three, the little gang relies on their mother and each other for warmth. Of course, we have a heat lamp at the ready to use whenever mom’s on her break.

That’s it for now, but be sure to join us next week for another beguiling installment of “Puppy Tales”

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Faith, Day 55 days (pre-parturition)

Faith enjoying a relaxing break after digging a den for her pups. 

Faith and Hudson litter


As we enter the final stretch of her pregnancy, Faith continues to be such a happy girl. She is often seen rolling around on her back in the yard or in the house. At this stage, Faith is shedding the hair on her belly in preparation for the birth of her puppies. 

This week we will introduce her to a pristinely clean whelping box in the hopes she will accept this for her pups as virtually all moms seek out or begin to dig a hole in the yard which is their idea of a good place to deliver puppies. Faith’s abdomen measures approximately 34 inches or 86.3 cm and she still has a fabulous appetite. She is eating a nutritious and “unprocessed” raw meal of veggies, meat, raw eggs, beef liver, pre and probiotics and vitamins. 

By day 45 each fetus experiences rapid growth. Calcification of bones occurs, which means that fetuses are now visible on x-rays, allowing veterinarians to verify the number of puppies in the litter and their positioning in the womb. By day 55 the fetuses are moving so much that they’re visible from the outside as a rippling motion across the momma’s abdomen. We can actually feel the puppies moving at this stage.  

National Geographic image of a golden retriever fetus.


Each puppy now has a full coat of hair, nails and paw pads. The coat is one of the last organs to develop. It is now very crowded in her uterus. We will make Faith as comfortable as we possibly can these final 9 days. She has opted to sleep on the carpet or tile floor in our bedroom or on our bed in the hopes of getting cuddled all night long.
This video shows what’s happening in the womb!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsLfWgAFFIE


Stay tuned…..